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Prof. Gitonga Mburugu

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Postion: Associate Professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology and acting Dean School of Agriculture and Enterprise Development
Department: Agricultural Science and Technology
Contact Address: P.O. Box 43844 Nairobi 00100
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Conferences, Seminars and Workshops Attended

  • 2007: Annual conference of selected Vic Res Grantees held at Jinja Uganda, financed by the Inter East University council if East Africa. See S 1 a A4 size of the poster presented.
  • 2006: Workshop on Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D). An introduction of the concepts to Community, District and national stakeholders, held at Kitui district headquarters. See S2 a report entitled water for a thirsty Nation; A case study of Katulani location water situation, kitui District, Kenya. The culmination of many workshops and meeting.
  • 2005: A planning meeting and workshop on Exploring the Multipurpose potential of soybeans in enhancing rural livelihoods and small industry in East Africa. See S3, a CD-R see the list of contributors at the back. I presented two papers, Soybean in Kenya and Rhizobiology of soybeans
  • 2004: Workshop of the ASARECA biotechnology and biosafety programme on full proposal writing for the pilot competitive grants system. See concept paper, draft agenda and proposal there after. The proposal did not win funding but we learnt a lot S4 page 5 team iv
  • 2004: Workshop on establishment of an East African Biological Resource Centre to secure the conservation and sustainability of microbial diversity. See list of participants. See S5 page 2 number 14.
  • 2004: A proposal writing workshop convened by Lake Victoria initiative (Vic Res) attached to Interuniversity council of East Africa. Venue, AICAD, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya. The proposal written won funding (US$ 44,000), over a period of three years. It is being implemented. See S6 invitation and letter of agreement for the award.
  • 2004: Proceedings of the 2nd Regional conference: Recent advances in microbial research and their implications to health, agriculture and environment (see proceeding (see page 182) 2004: Proceedings of the 2nd Regional conference: Recent advances in microbial research and their implications to health, agriculture and environment (see S7 under publications/ proceeding (see page 182)
  • 2003: Proposal writing workshop, held in Chiromo campus Nairobi University. It was funded by IFS. I was a resource person. (No evidence provided)
  • 2002: The 10th Congress of All African Biological Nitrogen Fixation: Enhancing Biological nitrogen research and Application for Food security and poverty Alleviation in Small holder African Farming. S8 See book of abstracts 3 papers in which I presented Pages 61, 97 and138
  • 2002: Fifth European Nitrogen fixation Conference Norwich U.K. Financed by European Union through NIFEED. Paper presented: Effects of intercropping or Soil amendments on nodulation, growth and nitrogen fixation in Cajanus cajan (L.) millsp. No evidence provided.

 

Publications

  • 2007. Somatic Embryogenesis and plant regeneration from immature embryogenesis and plant regeneration from Immature embryos of Tropical Maize (Yea mays L.) Inbreed lines. Biotechnology 2008 ISSN 1682-296X In Press. Coauthors O. Omwoyo and J. Machuka. Evidence S11B
  • 2006: A Book. Studies on the possibility of expanding soybean (Glycine maxi (l.) Merril) cultivation by smallholders in different agroecological zones of kenya (With special reference to varieties with the ability of promiscuous nodulation and tempo-spartial patterns of chances and risks for cultivation). Coauthors, Hortnetz B. Shisanya, C. and Maingi, J. M. Nodulation. ISBN –Nr. 3-921 599-55-5. Alle Rechte bei der geographischen Gesellschaft Trier. See S11.
  • 2006: Population levels of indigenous Bradyrhizobium Nodulating promiscuous soybean in two Kenyan soils of the semi-arid and sub-humid agroecological zones. In Journal of agriculture and Rural development in the tropics. See S12, A copy of the Journal and a paper there in.Page149
  • 2006: Antibiotic Resistance of bacteria isolate from Nairobi River. In, Asian Jounal of Microbiological, Biotechnology and Environmental Science. Vol. 8, No 1 9- See S13 A reprint
  • 2007: Book chapter: Evaluation of nitrogen fixation Using 15N dilution methods and economy of a Maize-Tepary bean intercrop system in Semi-arid SE-Kenya. Coauthored with C. Shisanya: A. Batiano (eds). Advances in integrated soil fertility research in sub-Sahara Africa: Challenges and opportunities, 389-400 Springer Valag. See S14 chapter copy
  • 2006: Legumes for fertility, Food and fodder. Chapter 5: In Soil fertility enhancing community extension. Coauthors Shisanya C., Kungu J., Ucheru-Muna and Jayne Mugwe. Ed. Mugendi D., Mucheru-Muna, M. and Mugwe, J. ISBN 9966-9821- 1-6. Manilla Publishers Nairobi. See S15. A copy of the book with a chapter therein PP 58.
  • 2004: Isolation of Mercury, Zinc and cadmium resistant bacteria from Nairobi river. In Proceedings of the 2nd Regional Microbiology conference. 16th to 19th march
  • 2004. Nairobi Kenya page 182 S 7
  • 2002: Effect of Ph on Nitrogen fixation and N-Form preference by F. albida. In The 10th Congress of All African Biological nitrogen fixation. Accra, Ghana November
  • 2002.A paper in Conference proceeding see Doc S8 under conferences Before becoming a senior lecturer
  • 2001: The use of ENSO teleconnection signal in seasonal selection of crops for the drylands of SE-Kenya. (With Shisanya C.A. and Njagi E.N.M.). In Book of
  • abstracts and papers of the Vice chancellor's Research awardees seminar November 2001. Kenyatta University
  • 2001 Growth and nitrogen fixation by Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp. In SE-Kenya (With Shisanya C.A. and Njagi E.N.M.). In Book of abstracts and papers of the Vice Chancellor's Research awardees seminar November 2001. Kenyatta University.
  • 2001: Crop water relations and thermal adaptation of kathika beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) and green grams (Vigna radiata L. Wilczek) with special reference to
  • temporal patterns of potential growth in the dry lands of SE-Kenya" Journal of Arid Environments Vol. 48, No. 4, pp.591-601 (With Shisanya, C.A. and Hornetz, B.). Evidence P3
  • 2001: Population level of bean Rhizobia in the soil of semi-arid South-east Kenya and assessment of symbiotic behaviour. East African Journal of Science 3 (1) 13- (With Maingi, J.M., Shisanya, C.A. and Hornetz, B.) Evidence P4
  • 2001: Nitrogen fixation in Common beans Phaseolus vulgaris L. in pure and mixed stand. European Journal of Agronomy Vol. 1, pp. 1-12 (With Maingi, J.M., Shisanya, C.A. and Hornetz, B. Evidence P5
  • 2000: Ninth Congress of the African Association for Biological Nitrogen fixation. Editor along with, Karanja N., Kahindi J.H .P., Anyango, B., Smithson, P.C., Woomer, P.L. and Odee, D. Evidence P6
  • 2000: Biological nitrogen fixation: A case study of semi-arid soils in SE-Kenya. (With Shisanya, C.A. and Hornetz, B.) Evidence P7
  • 2000: Studies on the ecophysiology of locally suitable cultivars of food crops and soil fertility monitoring in the semi-arid areas of South- East Kenya. With special reference to N2 fixation, plant nutrient uptake as well as the spatial differentiation of their potential yields using crop yield simulation models, GIS and ENSOmodel. (Materialien Zur Ostafrica Forschung, 23). Trier (GGT). ISBN-Nr. 3-921- 599431-1 (With Hornetz, H. and Shisanya C.A.) Evidence P8
  • 1999: Nitrogen fixation in green gram (Vigna radiata L. Wilczek in pure and mixed stand. Symbiosis Vol. 31999 pp. 239-250 (With Shisanya, C.A., Hornetz, B. and Maingi, J.M.) Evidence P9
  • 1999 Biological nitrogen fixation in selected legumes of the semi-arid Makueni District of South East Kenya: Der Tropen land wirt, Beitrage zur Tropischen landwirtschaft und Veterinar medizin, 100 Jahrgang, Oktober 99, pp.205-213. (With Maingi, J.M. Shisanya, C.A. and Hornetz B.) Evidence P10
  • 1994: Nitrogen fixation in Faidherbia albida (Del) Chev Ph.D. Thesis, University of Dundee PART VI B

 

External Research awards

  • 2007 A research grant awarded by Commission for Higher Education (CHE). The grant is worthy Kenya shillings three million to run for one year (Kes 3,000,000). Linking microcatchment water harvesting techniques to markets through cassava in the arid and semi arid lands of Kenya Doc RO
  • 2006 A research grant awarded by Rockefeller foundation (RF). The grant is worthy US$ 98,810 for a period of 3 years. Title Use of low cost Tissue culture techniques to boost preservation and production of cassava and bananas in Kenya. See letter to the VC copied to me from RF. Doc R1. The project is in it’s first year.
  • 2004 Research grant awarded by the Inter University council of East Africa Worthy US$ 44000 for the first year and similar amounts for two subsequent years Title Improving human welfare and environmental conservation by empowering farmers to combat soil fertility degradation through use of agroforestry green manure and rock phosphate. This project is in collaboration with DrSusan Ikerra of Mlingano Agricultural Research Institute Tanzania, Prof. Eric Edroma of Nkumba University Uganda and Mr Martin Odendo of Kenya Agricultural Research Institute.It was renewed again in 2006 after the first year results.(See copies of the agreements). See Doc R2
  • 2002-2005:Volkswagen Stiftung, Hannover, Germany: "Studies on the possibility of expanding soybean (Glycine maxi (L.) Merril) cultivation by smallholders in different agro- Ecological zones of Kenya (With special reference to varieties with the ability of promiscuous nodulation and tempo-spartial patterns of chances and risks for cultivation)
  • 2001: The Rockefeller Foundation ACA Program Grant: Increasing biological nitrogen fixation and grain yield in soybeans through the use of Bradyrhizobium inoculants and rock phosphate
  • 2000: Vice Chancellor's Research Grant, Kenyatta University : Towards improving maize-legume yields and stabilizing soil fertility in the semi-arid areas of SE Kenya by use of Boma manure as Minjingu rock phosphate solubilizing agent.
  • 1999: Rockefeller, Washington, D.C: "An assessement of maize-legume yield improvement in eastern and western Kenya by use of rock phosphate solubilizing agents"
  • 1997: The Vice Chancellor's Research Award, Kenyatta University: "A study of biological nitrogen fixation in cultivars of legumes (green grams and common beans) in semi-arid areas of Makueni District, Kenya"
  • 1996:Volkswagen Stiftung, Hannover, Germany: "Studies on the ecophysiology of locally suitable cultivars of food crops and soil fertility monitoring in the semiarid areas of south east Kenya."


 

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